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  • Long working hours in Austria

    New analysis of a regular working conditions survey (Arbeitsklima-Index [1]) shows that 22% of full-time employees in Austria work more than 45 hours per week. Another 21% work more than 40 hours per week. As in other countries, long working hours in Austria are heavily gender biased: while 49% of male full-time employees work longer than 40 hours per week, the same is true for 33% of female full-time workers. [1]
  • EIRObserver (Issue 6/04)

    The comparative supplement in this issue of EIRObserver looks at the current position on family-related leave in 19 EU Member States and Norway, focusing on regulation by collective bargaining. The supplement also examines the views of trade unions and employers on this issue and assesses the impact of family-related leave and its effects on gender equality.
  • Working poor in the European Union (seminar report)

    To coincide with the publication of the literature review 'Working poor in the European Union' (EF0467), the Foundation organised a seminar to discuss in more detail some of the issues raised in the report. Over 60 experts from EU Member States as well as Canada and Bulgaria participated, bringing together representatives of different groups - social partner organisations, research organisations, governments and the European institutions. The specific aims of the seminar were to tackle issues regarding the definition of the working poor, to identify particular groups at risk, and to assess the extent of the phenomenon in the European Union. An information sheet on this topic is also available (EF04107).
  • Wave of pay demands

    Late 2004 has seen an upsurge in demands for pay increases by Polish employees in sectors such as the metal-processing, coal-mining, petroleum, automotive, and food industries. Trade unions generally advance the same argument in support of their demands, namely that workers too should benefit from a recent improvement in the economic climate. Employers are very circumspect in addressing these demands, warning that over-hasty spending of the fruits of economic growth may lead to a reduction of investments and thus endanger the very growth that is now fuelling employee demands.
  • Fiat workers strike against reorganisation plan

    On 5 November 2004 ,a four-hour strike was held at all Italian Fiat car plants. This was the first time in more than two years that the Fiat workforce had staged industrial action nationwide. The strike also affected Powertrain (the joint venture between Fiat Auto and General Motors) and subcontractor companies, and was called jointly by main metalworkers' trade unions, following a meeting with the chief executive of Fiat Auto, at which a plan for reorganising the company was presented.
  • Agreement signed on industrial relations as Parmalat restructures

    The Italian-based Parmalat, one of the largest agro-food groups in the world, was hit by a financial crisis at the end of 2003 which led to judicial inquiries involving the owners and management. In order to ensure the continuity of Parmalat’s activities, a decree-law issued by the government in December 2003 placed the group under extraordinary administration proceedings. The group’s industrial and financial restructuring plan - announced in July 2004 by a special commissioner appointed by the government to oversee the transition - was followed by an agreement on industrial relations signed by the main sectoral trade unions in November 2004. This agreement lays down the procedures for protection of employees during Parmalat’s restructuring and reorganisation.
  • Innovative agreement signed for workers at new shopping centre

    In November 2004, a collective agreement was signed to regulate the employment conditions of workers at the businesses trading at Outlet Village, a new shopping centre situated in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany. The deal, signed by the region's main commerce and services trade unions, the management of the shopping centre, and the local Association of Trade, is the first of its kind in Italy. Its conclusion was assisted by an agreement signed in 2002 between the social partners and the Tuscany regional administration that promotes dialogue and consultation among the social partners over the opening of large shopping centres.
  • Schools reform in prospect

    In October 2004, after a major public consultation exercise, a report on reform of France's state schools system was presented to the Minister of National Education. Trade unions gave a mixed response to the proposals, which include a redefinition of the teaching profession and of teachers’ workload. Negotiations over legislative changes now appear likely.
  • Report on obstacles to growth calls for industrial relations changes

    A report commissioned by the Minister for the Economy and published in October 2004 identifies obstacles to economic growth in France and makes recommendations on how they can be overcome. The proposals include longer life-time working hours and changes to the law on employee representation, employment contracts, the minimum wage and redundancies.
  • Relocation under debate

    During the second half of 2004, there has been a number of relocations of companies' operations from Spain to other countries, as part of a wider wave of company restructuring. This article examines the main cases, the reasons and the industrial relations aspects.